Brewed by Brouwerij ’t IJ
Style: Abbey Tripel
Amsterdam, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
The first beer to come out of our vats, back in 1985, making it the classic beer of Brouwerij ‘t IJ. It is a ‘tripel’, the category reserved for the stronger, blonde beers in Belgian tradition. Zatte more than lives up to expectations in this respect. It is a full-bodied, golden beer with a scent of fresh fruit mingled here and there with a hint of grain. The flavour is slightly sweet, ending with a fine, dry aftertaste. A delicious beer that can be enjoyed in all seasons.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2008
33cl bottle. Very dusty and dry on the nose with the basement notes developing into some richer, sweeter banana estery aromas. Slightly grassy and musty as well with a touch of cheddar cheese. Subtle and surprisingly complex. Pours a bright gold/copper with a nice sized creamy white head. Plenty of dustiness on the tongue. A mild yeast spice and earthiness. Bread dough and cheese. An interesting and reserved fruitiness comes out of the yeast pour. Very light bretty notes as well toward the bottom of the glass. Creamy on the tongue with lively, but not overpowering carbonation. 8% is deftly hidden. Far from my favorite style, but well crafted nonetheless. Thanks Alan!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (6669) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2008
Bottled (33 cl) at het Amsterdamertje, Göteborg, Sweden. Hazy golden with medium white head. Fruity aroma with notes of wild strawberries, spicy & earthy notes. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. Very well balanced with a light initial sweetness followed by a firm dryness. A great saison-like beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (5422) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2008
I wondered what horse blanket tasted like. This beer showed me. The aroma is barn-like, but has yeasty grassy notes as well. The body had some particles, but it had decent lace and white head. The finish was kind of bitter and the carbonation was very active. Overall I will not seek this beer out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2008
33cl bottle courtesy of markwise. Pours a cloudy caramel color with thin white head that diminishes rapidly and provides minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma is a sort of moist, wheaty breadiness with notes of barnyard and horseblanket. Some faint sweetness. Lively carbonation with flavors of grass, yeast and bitter lemon. Medium-bodied with a slight bitterness on finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle @ home.
Clear medium orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, light to moderate hoppy, grapefruit - lemon, moderate yeasty, barnyard. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Good balanced. Body is medium, texture is oily - smooth, carbonation is soft. (100508)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden color. A frothy, off-white head shows good retention, settling slowly to a 2mm blanket that sticks. Sticky, splotchy lacing remains on the glass. Aromas are quite funky, dry, and laden with brett. Notes of light candy sugar, light fruity esters (banana maybe), bready yeast, and mild floral hop notes make for a very nice blend. Peppery notes emerge from the yeast, lending a welcomed spiciness. Flavors continue along those lines, with the sweetness of a candied pale malt base being countered by the spicy yeast and dry, musty brett. Very much in the mold of a Jolly Pumpkin in terms of yeast profile, though perhaps less dry and more peppery. Medium-plus bodied and softly carbonated, this one is quite drinkable, but lacking in substance for an 8% beer. Tails off at the finish, turning a little flat in flavor and palate. This is pretty good overall, and just a few tweaks short of brilliant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gmonroe10 (243) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2008
Tripel on tap at the brewery. pours typical for the style, cloudy gold with an off white head. Sweet aroma and slightly alcoholic, but just very faint. Didn’t taste too complex compared to other tripels- smooth and sweet orange but nothing that stood out. Dry finish and overall a bit watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2008
On tap at the brewery under the windmill, Amsterdam (3/2008). Very fruity for a triple, this showcases nice flavors of berries and apricot. Warm and full bodied with soft carbonation; very inviting and well done. Clean finish with lingering fructose sweetness, light corriander, orange peel and white pepper. Hazy pale orange in the glass, with smells of citrus orange, orange peel, and yeast. It is a very interesting triple, has some very wit-beer qualities and some stronger Belgian Strong qualities, yet they are all well integrated and balanced. Probably my favorite ’t Ij beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14895) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Bottle at ‘t Arendsnest. Hazy dirty gold color with a small white head. Smells like a tripel with a touch of citrus. Very smooth. Very creamy. Very good mouthfeel. Flavor is lightly bitter, with a citrus peel hint, over pale malt. Finishes clean and bitter. Nice ongoing flavor of fruity and/or herbal hop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeinDahlem (1479) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2008
No, it doesn’t match the best of Belgium. It doesn’t even match the best of Holland. Probably the most disappointing beer of our visit to the brewery. Draft. Pours dull, dirty orange-brown with thin, off-white head. Faint orange nose. Mildly sweet with orange-citric notes and light bitterness. Fairly thick mouthfeel. A bit bland for its strength. Not bad, but still a letdown after the others.

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